Even at its budget price, this DVD is the definition of mixed blessing. The Judy Garland TV broadcast that makes up the first half of the double feature offers many entertaining moments split between and shared by Garlan... more »d and guest stars Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Two transcendent solo performances--Garland's "The Man That Got Away" and Sinatra's "I See Your Face Before Me"--make the disc a good buy, at least for those who don't mind the garish colorization. Were Sinatra's eyes ever this blue? That, and the attempted disguise of the Garland hour as Sinatra's own, are hardly where the shoddiness stops. Filling out the disc is a mind-bogglingly, ill-conceived, would-be documentary, The Man and His Music (not to be confused with Sinatra's series of A Man and His Music TV specials). Low-quality copies of early movie trailers and random concert footage--sans sound--fill most of it, augmented by poorly written narration and, despite the title, very little music. Snippets of vintage TV appearances supply some cute material, making the piece watchable for about five of its 50 minutes. Otherwise, this cheap, badly organized biography offers little for even the most rabid Sinatra admirer. --Rickey Wright« less
"The cover of this dvd should have had one of the great publicity shots of Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin done for this show. To watch it is to behold three great performers at their peak. Judy's powerful voice makes When Your Smiling a real thrill, Frank gives a poignant rendition of I See Your Face Before Me and Dean is charming on You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby. When the three work together on You Do Something To Me and You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You it's pure magic. Yes it's colourised, but the sound quality is great. The slight flicker on The Man That Got Away is apparently on the master. The rest is good. The all-singing programme ends with Judy in concert showing why she will always be the world's greatest female entertainer. I haven't watched the Frank doc yet. But to see and hear these three legends together is well worth the price. Enjoy a wonderful show!"
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D. Chase | 04/13/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The title is misleading. This is actually a 1962 Judy Garland Special. While a fantastic show if you are fans of Judy, Dean or Frank, it has some serious flaws. The opening and closing credits have been altered and the program has been colorized. The sound quality is great and hasn't been hurt by the stereo effect. The Man And His Music part is just a very lame documentary that uses blurry photos and public domain footage. If you think you'd love the music buy it! As a stickler for authentisity it's a bit painful to watch."
Don't buy this DVD!
D. Chase | Loma Linda, California USA | 05/20/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The DVD is in two parts, both of them misleading. The "legendary concert with Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin" is actually just one of the Judy Garland Show episodes. It's fuzzy, with poor color, and looks like a VHS tape recording. The songs are ok, but this is not a concert, and certainly not legendary! The second part, "The Man and His Music" has a interface IN JAPANESE (not English). If you don't know Japanese, you have to try several combinations just to play the movie. Now come on, when the DVD cover is in English, why do this to the consumer?!! Then, when you finally find the right combination to play the movie, you get the worst color of any video that you've seen. The basic hue is green, which is how you feel after you paid good money to buy the DVD. Also audio in no way relates to what is shown on the video!! Songs are played, and you keep thinking that the sound is out of sync ... but it isn't!! The producers of this "tribute" put any video clip that they could find, then ran them willy-nilly as the audio clatters on about something else!! The Disc jacket mentions that "Delta Entertainment is not affiliated with Frank Sinatra, or any of his related companies." No wonder! DO NOT BUY THIS DVD, and beware of anything from Delta Entertainment!"
WARNING!! DON'T BUY THIS DVD!!!!
Barry J. Ward | Arcadia, California USA | 05/04/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is the worst thing I have ever viewed. The DVD is split into 2 segments. The first, is a "COLORIZED" Judy Garland episode of poor quality. The second, is a lousy attempt at a documentary. The video quality is poor. It looks like the footage was taken from bad VHS copies of Sinatra in concert. The still photos are all washed out or they are green or red. The editing was worse than a high school student project. Don't waste your money. Not to mention the cheap home computer graphics and amateur narration."
A waste of Ten Bucks!
Frank Cernese | Huntington, NY United States | 03/27/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Sinatra fans don't be tempted by the cheap price. This DVD should have never been mastered. The "Documentary" with poor footage, lousy photos, very few snipits of music, none of which is in sync with the random pictures we see, make this the disaster of all times. The editor should hang his head in shame !"